CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has recently been celebrating the growing cultural diversity of its community.
In association with NEELB, and with a focus on Community Relations, Equality and Diversity (CRED), a programme of curricular and extra-curricular events and activities was organised in the school, giving pupils and staff an opportunity to explore those cultures and traditions that are represented within St. Mary’s. Led by Mrs McCormick, History teacher, and a team of Year 13 Cultural Ambassadors, the programme included music and dance workshops, food tasting events, cookery classes, cultural assemblies, poster competitions and film screenings.
The St. Mary’s Student Council undertook a survey to determine the range of cultures, traditions and nationalities represented in the school and it was discovered that the St. Mary’s community, including parents/guardians, is vastly diverse, being made up of people from Lithuania, Poland, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, France, China, Italy, New Zealand, America, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Holland, Germany and Australia.